Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I realized that I never shared this baby quilt which I made over a year ago - before she was born for a baby who is now walking! I used Elizabeth Hartman's Mod Mosaic design although I think I pieced it somewhat differently than in her original floor pillow tutorial - I pieced small sections together randomly and then laid it out rather than laying out all the pieces first.
I mostly used the green/yellow/orange/pink colorway of Thomas Knauer's Savanna Bop fabric line, with coordinating fabrics from my stash, since the parents had shared a similar color scheme fabric with giraffes that they were using for curtains. I quilted it with looping free motion meander design. I didn't want to put a border on the quilt but I also wanted to echo the white strips in the quilt, so I used a flanged binding to have a border of white next to the green binding.
It seems like our friends are having another baby boom this spring so I am hoping to make a number more baby gifts for all these new cuties soon!
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Last week was the winter 2014 Kids Clothes Week challenge, and I was able to nearly meet the challenge to sew kids clothes for an hour each day all week... I missed one day because Esther was teething and was having trouble sleeping and I've been having problems with waking her up by sewing if she is sleeping too lightly, so I didn't want to push it by trying to sew. Really hoping she outgrows this problem soon or I may have to rethink having my sewing area upstairs near her bedroom. In any case, I was happy that I got to sew so much and I made some cute (and useful) new clothes for Esther! I had had the idea to make a skirt attached to leggings after seeing a pair of leggings with a shorter ruffle attached on a friend's baby.
I made both the leggings and the skirt from upcycled knit shirts, reusing the original hems. It turned out really cute although for the next iteration I will probably make the skirt a bit shorter! Having the skirt attached to the leggings makes it a bit less likely to get in the way when she's crawling and also just makes it easier dressing and undressing her (which it feels like I do a thousand times a day with diaper changes etc).
I also made several pairs of upcycled pants/leggings - these two were made from heavy interlock turtlenecks which turn out to make the perfect weight for cold weather baby pants. I didn't get a picture of another pair of leggings I made out of a cute pink fabric with tiny white hearts on it - unfortunately the fabric stretched out quite a bit when she wore them so that's a bummer, but she'll still probably get some good use out of them for the next few weeks around valentine's day. You can see the green pants are super comfy:
I also made a couple upcycled knit cardigans similar to the ones I made for the last KCW (here and here) but in a big larger size. As you may be able to tell from the photos in this post, getting Esther to stay still long enough to get a good photo of her wearing the clothes I make continues to be a challenge, she is really always on the go (or trying to grab the camera), not to mention that she doesn't love having her clothes changed - so I didn't get shots of all the clothes on her. You can still get a pretty good idea of this shirt, though, I think - I improvised the v-neck and am really happy with how the binding I put on around the neck/placket turned out.
My favorite project from this KCW is definitely this aqua cardigan, which should fit her for quite a while - the sleeves are rolled up about 2-3" here.
I love how the white binding on the button placket gives this a sophisticated look and the white buttons echo the polka dots. She has gotten a ton of use out of the cardigans I made her for the last KCW so I may just keep making them in successively larger sizes as she grows!
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
I am nearly caught up with my blogging backlog, and I wanted to share this project from over a year ago (!) - a lone star mini quilt which I made for my friend Natalie of Greenleaf Goods. Natalie was so nice and sent me some lovely placemats made with Lotta Jansdotter's Bella fabric when we moved into our new house, so when she moved to Boston I knew I wanted to sew something up for her, too. I had seen some lone star quilts in her pinterest boards and I thought a mini quilt would be just the thing to brighten up her space!
I pulled some fabrics in a palette that I thought Natalie would like and machine pieced the star (more on that below) and it came together pretty quickly! I added a few lines of echo quilting around the star and some hand quilted lines inside the star. When I bound it I added twill tape to two corners for hanging.
Here's a quick mini-tutorial on how I did the machine piecing (I know that I looked at several tutorials online when I was figuring this out but it was so long ago now that I'm afraid I don't remember where to link to them). This isn't a full tutorial with all the measurements and everything you'd need to exactly recreate this mini-quilt but it should be enough to show you how to do this technique.
If you look at the star, it is made up of 8 sections, each of which has 3 columns (or rows, if you prefer) of 3 diamonds. Each of those three columns has a different set/order of fabrics. Cut strips of fabric long enough that you'll be able to cut 8 units out of each strip (one for each section of the star), and piece them together in your groups of three, staggering the ends if you wish (to save fabric). Cut into diamond shapes at a 45 degree angle making sure to account for the seam allowance in determining the width to cut. ** I don't have notes on what width/length strips I used or how wide I cut the diamonds but I can go back and try to recreate this info if folks are interested **
Once you have your strips cut, lay them out as they will be sewn together, like this:
Make sure they are not laid out like this!
Then you will piece them in the order you have laid them out. (The next set of photos are in different fabrics because I was testing the technique before I made the real quilt). In order to match your points, first take a pencil and use a ruler to mark the 1/4" line at each of the seams.
Then lay your two strips that you are piecing right sides together and put a pin through the two seams at the point where you have marked. Check that your pin is going through exactly at the seam on both sides, then secure your pins and sew the seam with a 1/4" seam allowance (going through the marked points).
Press open and sew the second seam for each section in the same way.
Then I added triangles of background fabric to each section, pieced them together and squared it up. Here is a view of the finished piecing - I love how neat all the seams look pressed open.